Do you snore at night? Your heart could be in danger

According to the doctor Virend Somers, one in 10 middle-aged women suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, that is, they snore at night. This can generate rest problems, of course, but it could also entail other risks, especially for your heart.

There are several types of sleep apnea. The most common, and at the same time, probably the most serious, is obstructive, in which the muscles of the throat relax and block the airways, stopping and resuming breathing repeatedly while the person sleeps.

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Snoring is the most obvious sign of obstructive apnea, but there are also others such as:

– Drowsiness during the day

– Interruption of breathing during sleep

– Sudden awakening due to suffocation

– Dry mouth upon awakening

– Headache in the morning

– Concentration problems

– High blood pressure

– Sweating at night

An investigation carried out by researchers from the University Hospital of Munich (Germany), and presented at the Radiological Society of North America, indicated that women who snore at night have a higher risk of heart problems than men.

As corroborated in both, the snoring increased the mass of the ventricle, causing the heart to be forced. That it be less diagnosed in women, for specialists could be one of the reasons why women would be the most affected.

In addition, Virend Somers explains that sleep apnea, although it is more common in men, It could be more serious in women: "When a woman has sleep apnea, it is more likely to occur after menopause, because you have to remember that after that period, you lose the protective effect of hormones."

In addition, he says, "some postmenopausal women can also gain weight and that combination could increase the risk."

Therefore, if you are a woman and you snore at night, consult your doctor to make sure everything goes well.

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